Salt Creek Bridge 50th Anniversary

by Brittany Harris on July 18, 2010 at 6:02 am

Covered bridges in Ohio are considered a rarity. The Salt Creek Bridge is the last one standing in Muskingum County.

The Ohio Historic Bridge Association saved the abandoned bridge in 1960 after it was threatened to be torn down. The group is celebrating the fiftieth year of it’s survival.

"Sixty years ago we were formed to save this bridge, but since then we have gotten involved in promoting and researching all kinds of historic bridges around the whole state," said President David Simmons.

Many of the members believe these bridges are a part of history and people shouldn’t take them for granted.

"Once they’re gone, they’re gone, and these are the ancient landmarks that our ancestors have left for us, to destroy them out of hand without thinking about them, to just get rid of it, means we are not respecting what they have done," said Mariam Wood, Corresponding Secretary.

Nearly 2,000 covered bridges were built throughout Ohio history, today only a 104 still stand.